Our People - Harris Hartas Anson
Harris Hartas Anson - Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France
Image by Michelle Young
An image from the Leeds Mercury dated Monday 21 December 1914. It shows the wedding of Harris's sister, Mary Anson at Selby. Captioned 'the bridal party', it is possible Harris is one of the uniformed men.
British Newspaper Archive
2nd Lieutenant Harris Hartas Anson
1/5 Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment.
Died 30 August 1918 - Aged 27
Harris is buried at Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France - Ref: I.A.13.
Leyland - Church Road Civic Memorial
Leyland - St.James's Cross
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2nd Lieutenant Harris Hartas Anson served with the 5th Battalion the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment. He was born in Hambleton, North Yorkshire very early in 1891. He was the son of Harris Anson and Eliza Foxton and was the brother of Eliza (born c.1890) and Mary (born C.1893). Harris was a Farmer's merchant and Harris Hartas was listed as a Farmer's son in the 1911 Census. The family must have been prosperous as they employed two maids. Harris Hartas was boarding away at school in Boston Spa in 1901. The only school for boarders I have found in that town is the St. John school for the deaf and hearing impaired, so it is possible that he had a hearing impairment of some kind. If correct, the impairment did not stop him from serving.
Harris married Kathleen (Kitty) Berry at St.James's Church, Moss Side, Leyland on 6th March 1918. Kitty was the grand-daughter of Andrew Berry, the mill owner and textile manufacturer.
Photographs of Lostock Grove & Andrew Berry & Sons Mill. Images (C) Charles O'Donnell
The War Diary of his Battalion reads:
Harris H Anson on Leyland Memorials. Images (C) Charles O'Donnell
The local newspapers in Lancashire and Yorkshire reported Harris's death as follows:
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Edited 21 November 2016
1901 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / 1911 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / Soldiers Died in the Great War vis Ancestry.co.uk / WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / Original work by William Waring, Leyland Historical Society / British Newspaper Archive